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Posted on: May 22, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Mayor's Executive Order Authorizes Restaurants, Bars To Resume Operations With Outdoor Seating


The City of Geneva has adopted new temporary outdoor seating guidelines to assist restaurants and bars in expanding their outdoor dining options when the State transitions to Phase 3 of the “Restore Illinois” plan Friday, May 29.

The City will be distributing the information to local restaurant owners and has posted the new guidelines, Mayor Kevin Burns’ new executive order, and an interactive map on the City’s COVID-19 response web page.

Geneva restaurants and bars can utilize previously approved outdoor space to serve customers starting May 29. Establishments will be allowed to expand their outdoor dining on private property, courtyards or parking areas with owner consent in compliance with social distancing and outdoor dining rules. Parking restrictions will be relaxed during this temporary period.  

If private property expansion options are unavailable or very limited, outdoor seating may be located on public property using parking lots, sidewalks or parkways if certain conditions are met. City approval is required and can be initiated by submitting a free application online.

The City created an interactive map to help restaurants identify opportunities for additional outdoor seating areas.

Tables must be placed 6 feet apart outdoors, and restaurant employees are required to wear face coverings as part of the State’s health guidelines. All outdoor dining areas must continue to comply with Kane County Health Department regulations.

As a non-home rule community, State law does not authorize the City to expand liquor service onto public property. Should the Illinois Liquor Control Commission issue temporary rules regarding the sale and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages on public property, the City will automatically adopt any such temporary rules.  

Any expanded temporary outdoor seating will revert to the original use after the State lifts orders restricting restaurant capacity, or the Mayor or City Council repeals the City’s Executive Order.

The transition to the “Restore Illinois” Phase 3 also allows personal care services, daycare facilities, fitness providers, offices and retail stores to reopen May 29 under new State guidelines, which also have been posted on the City’s website.

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